a2 Milk Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

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You may have noticed a new brand of milk while doing your grocery shopping called a2 MilkIf you are wondering how this product is different than other milk products on the shelf, look no further!

This article will discuss what makes a2 Milk unique, who may benefit from this product, and other important things to consider.

How is a2 Milk different?

Milk contains two major milk proteins, casein, and whey. Beta casein makes up about 30% of the protein in milk. It is found in two varieties – A1-type bovine beta-casein and A2-type bovine beta-casein, more simply referred to as A1 and A2.

Studies have shown a proinflammatory and immune response when consuming A1. Compared to A2, A1 has more effects on gut motility and transit time during digestion. In simpler terms, consuming A1 may cause symptoms of stomach discomfort.

Most cows produce a combination of A1 and A2 casein in their milk. However, the a2 Milk company selects cows that produce milk with only A2 casein. As a result, their milk is free of A1.

Studies linking A1 protein with digestive symptoms have been conducted in the lab and on animals. Many results from human trials have been promising thus far, too. More research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.

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Who can benefit from a2 Milk?

If you experience gassiness, bloating, or discomfort after drinking milk or eating dairy products, you may benefit from a2 Milk. In regards to an inflammatory response or symptoms experienced from inflammation, more research needs to be completed in human trials to determine if a2 Milk has a significant impact.

It’s important to note that a2 Milk will not improve your symptoms if you have lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.

If you have lactose intolerance, your body is not able to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and dairy products. a2 Milk contains lactose just like traditional cow’s milk.

A milk protein allergy is different and often more serious than lactose intolerance because your body has an immune response to the protein in milk. Although there is a difference in the protein profile of a2 Milk vs. traditional milk, it still contains proteins that often contribute to the immune response. Speak to your doctor before consuming a2 Milk if you have a milk protein allergy.  

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Is a2 Milk right for you?

Pros

  • Tastes like standard (traditional) cows milk
  • Is a great alternative for those that can’t tolerate standard cows milk
  • Is produced from cows that are free from growth hormones, rBST, or antibiotics

Cons

  • Some a2 Milk products (i.e. non-fat milk, etc.) are not available in the US at this time
  • Is not suitable for those with lactose intolerance or milk allergy

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How much does a2 Milk cost?

When comparing the cost of a2 Milk to traditional cows milk, you’ll find it is approximately $2 more expensive than standard cow’s milk. On the other hand, it’s about $.50 cheaper than organic dairy milk. a2 Milk is available for purchase in the United States as whole, 2%, 1%, and 2% chocolate. 

Nutritional breakdown and other considerations

a2 Milk has a comparable nutrient profile to traditional cows milk. Even though the type of protein is different, the amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrates remain the same. 

This is an all-natural product, meaning it contains no additives or genetic engineering. The company uses cows fed a vegetarian diet and are free from growth hormones, rBST, and antibiotics.

In addition, a2 dairy farms hold an Animal Welfare Review Certification. This means they meet quality and animal welfare standards which are regularly assessed through third-party audits. You’ll see this certification on every carton of a2 Milk.

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The bottom line

Low fat and nonfat milk and dairy products can be part of a balanced diet. They provide calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, and protein which are important nutrients for bone health. In addition, they reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and improve weight management metrics. Unfortunately, many people minimize or even eliminate milk because of gastric distress and uncomfortable symptoms.

I recommend a2 Milk to anyone who experiences discomfort with traditional cow milk, since the nutrition content and cost is comparable. If it helps you to drink more milk and meet your nutrition goals pain-free, then it’s definitely worth it.

Remember, this recommendation does not apply if you have been diagnosed with lactose intolerance or milk allergy. To learn more, chat with your registered dietitian or visit about the thea2milkcompany.com.

What are your thoughts on a2 Milk? Share your review in the comments below!

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Summary

Personally, I recommend a2 Milk to anyone who experiences discomfort with traditional cows milk, since the nutrition content and cost is comparable.

Pros

  • Tastes like standard (traditional) cows milk
  • Is a great alternative for those that can’t tolerate standard cows milk
  • Is produced from cows that are free from growth hormones, rBST, or antibiotics

Cons

  • Some a2 Milk products (i.e. non-fat milk, etc.) are not available in the US at this time
  • Is not suitable for those with lactose intolerance or milk allergy

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Amanda Haney, MS, RD, CNSC
Hi, my name is Amanda Haney. I am a registered dietitian, board-certified nutrition support clinician, Cal State Long Beach alumnae, and former pediatric clinical dietitian. Currently, I am working as a project manager at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a clinical dietitian or in my current role, my passion is working in a diverse setting with a variety of teams in order to improve patient outcomes and achieve better health for the families in my community. I became a dietitian because I love food and I love medicine. There is so much misinformation about nutrition in the media, so I enjoy creating educational content that makes nutrition simple and to make your health goals achievable. In my free time, I love soaking up the beauty at the beach, riding my bike, staying active, cooking, and, most of all, spending time with my family and friends!

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